Universität Wien FIND

300230 UE Animal Behaviour Observation (2016S)

Practical Course

3.00 ECTS (3.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work

The course will, in principle, be held in German. However, if non-native speakers participate, the course will be held in English.


max. 18 participants
Language: German



The pre-meeting will take place on 15.03.2016, 11 a.m., SR 2.235 Cognitive Biology, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, 1090 Vienna
Additional appointments (lectures, meetings with supervisor,...) and their location (University of e.g. zoo) will be announced upon agreement with the students at the pre-meeting.


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course focuses on methods for studying the behaviour of exotic animals kept in zoos.The students (in groups of two to three) are planning and conducting individual projects, will perform a detailed literature search, data collection and analyses, write a scientific report and give a scientific talk.

Assessment and permitted materials

The applicants will be evaluated through group presentations of practicals and final reports.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Each group of students has to provide a scientific report and give a talk.
Each person has to observe a particular amount of hours.

Examination topics

We will evaluate the quality of the scientific report. We expect an extensive literature search and reference list, a generell knowledge about the topic (e.g. methods, biology of the species that has been investigated,...), will consider the quality of the data and data analysis and will evaluate the general approach to the scientific topic.
In the talk, we will evaluate the scientific content, but also the general presentation (adherence to the time limit, structure of the talk, answering questions,...)

Reading list

Verhaltensbiologie, von Kappeler, Peter M, Springer Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
Observing Animal Behaviour: Design and Analysis of Quantitive Controls 1st Edition
ISBN-13: 978-0198569367
ISBN-10: 019856936X

Association in the course directory


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